5 Ways to Teach Your Child Responsible Pet Care

5 Ways to Teach Your Child Responsible Pet Care

This week is National Pet Week. The theme for this week, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), is helping pet owners practice responsible pet care. A fun way to celebrate National Pet Week, and get your kids involved, is by teaching your child responsible pet care.

Teaching your child responsible pet care is a great learning tool for the future. These skills will help your child learn about responsibility above and beyond just caring for a pet. Learning responsible pet care will encourage that responsibility in other aspects of life, too.

5 Ways to Teach Your Child Responsible Pet Care

But, how exactly do you teach a child about responsible pet care? With the time, patience, and education it will be a task you will wish you would have tackled earlier. Here are 5 ways to teach your child responsible pet care.

1. Set a positive example of responsible pet care to your children.
As parents, we are all quite aware of how well our children mock our everyday situations in life. The same goes for how we care for our pets. Make sure that you continually display positive examples of responsible pet care to your children.

Even simple behaviors, such as feeding the dog, can show your children what responsible pet care is all about.

2. Teach children about the “downside” of pet care.
We all know that caring for pets isn’t all rainbows and sunshine. There are messes to be cleaned. As well as dirty beds and bowls to be washed. Have your child involved in these activities.

Another possible “downside” of pet ownership is going to the dreaded veterinary office. If your child is old enough to sit through an appointment, take with them with you. This will be a great learning experience for them.

3. Keep a list of daily responsibilities that encourage responsible pet care.
Have a list of daily responsibilities geared towards responsible pet care available for everyone in the family to see. This is a great visual tool to help children see what all goes into being a responsible pet owner.

A great idea is using a dry erase board. This will make it easy to check off the pet care responsibilities on a daily basis.

4. Don’t make responsible pet care a punishment.
Chores aren’t something most children enjoy. Let’s be honest, they aren’t something most people enjoy in general. So, you probably don’t want to make your child pick up dog poop if he or she misbehaves.

Making your child show responsible pet care because he or she misbehaves doesn’t encourage responsible pet care. Instead, doing this can lead to your child having a vengeance against their pet. Which is the total opposite of what you’re trying to accomplish.

5. Make your child PROUD when they practice responsible pet care.
Did your child feed the dog without you having to tell them? Make sure you give them a pat on the back! Who doesn’t enjoy a little praise when they do something? Especially when they were never told to do it. The same goes for children who practice responsible pet care.

When you see your child doing a pet chore, without you having to ask them, make sure you display how proud of them you are. As a result, they will want to spend more time doing the right thing.

Teach Your Child Responsible Pet Care for a Positive Outlook on Lifelong Responsibilities

As a conclusion, teaching your child about responsible pet care will lead to a lifelong understanding and respect of responsibilities. All you need is a little patience and time to make your child the most responsible pet owner you know.

How Dogs Can Benefit Those in Assisted Living

How Dogs Can Benefit Those in Assisted Living

As we continue National Pet Week, we would like to let you know more about how dogs can help those in assisted living situations.

According to the American Senior Communities blog, around 1 million seniors receive some sort of assisted living service. Unfortunately, a lot of seniors who are in assisted living is because they do not have adult children and/or family available to care for them. This is unfortunate because at least 35% of seniors living in assisted living stay a year or longer.

Most assisted living communities strive to keep the seniors at the facility socially active. They provide them with chances to mingle with others. If family is close, their family is able to come and visit them on a regular basis. But, some seniors do not have that luxury. As a result, staying in assisted living can become lonely. This loneliness may lead to a long road of depression. That’s where dogs and assisted living come into the picture.

Dogs and Senior Citizens in Assisted Living

Many assisted living facilities have two options who want the companionship of a dog during their stay. Some facilities allow seniors to bring their pets with them. Others allow pets to come visit the center on a regular basis. This allows senior citizens the chance to interact, pet, and talk to the dogs.

Dogs can benefit those in assisted living. Statistics show that seniors who have a dog near during their assisted living seem less stressed than those without. Dogs who visit or live in assisted living with a senior offer companionship. That companionship that many senior citizens look forward to.

As a conclusion, studies actually show that having a dog can in fact improve the overall health of seniors living in assisted living. It’s shown that dogs can decrease stress, decrease blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and improve a senior citizen’s overall mood. Dogs are also a great way for senior citizens in assisted living to have a chance to increase their energy.

Feeding a Raw Dog Food Diet: The Pros and Cons

Feeding a Raw Dog Food Diet: The Pros and Cons

This week is National Pet Week. Each year, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) adds a theme to National Pet Week. The theme for this year encourages responsible pet ownership. One of the ways that pet owners practice this is by feeding their dog a well balanced diet.

There’s a lot of talk among the pet community in regards to what all is put in our pet’s foods. Over the past couple of years the economy hasn’t done well. As a result, pet owners and pet food manufacturers alike are trying to find ways to cut costs. One of the way pet food manufacturers attempt to do this is by filling foods with what’s known as “fillers”. Fillers are foods that are added to your pet’s food that do not have any real nutritional benefits.

The use of fillers have really alarmed pet owners. Leading many of them to the art of making their own food for their pets. Included in this change is usually what we call a raw dog food diet. But, like with any diet, a raw food diet may not work as well for one dog as it would the next. Plus, like with any dog food, there are pros and cons to feeding your dog a raw dog food diet.

What is a Raw Dog Food Diet?

Simply put, a raw dog food diet is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a mixture of the rawest meats, vegetables, and fruits. In fact, it’s the closest thing you will get to what your dog would eat if he or she was still in the wild.

Another way you may have heard of a raw dog food diet is what’s called the BARF diet. The BARF diet stands for “Bones and Raw Food” or also “Biologically Appropriate Raw Food”.

The Pros and Cons of Feeding a Raw Dog Food Diet

You’re probably thinking there’s no way feeding a raw dog food diet can have cons. Especially if it’s what was in the original diet dog’s eat. Well, most dogs now, as you may know, are domesticated. So, in a way their diet needs have changed a bit.

Raw dog food diets have long played a part in a working dog’s diet. Breeds such as Greyhounds, who are quite active, may benefit from a raw dog food diet. Dog owners who support a diet that consists of raw food boast that their dogs tend to have healthier skin, shiny coats, and teeth that are clean. Some even believe that a raw dog food diet also is beneficial because it gives dog’s more energy. As well as smaller stools. Which can really be a winner when you have an 150+ pound dog.

Veterinarians and the Food and Drug Administration have argued the benefits of raw dog food diets. The diet is mostly disagreed with because of the potential bacteria risk in raw meat. This bacteria can be harmful to you and your dog. Another reason a raw dog food diet is controversial is due to the fact that most veterinarians do not see it as a balanced diet. As a result, they believe a raw diet, if fed for a long period of time, is more harmful to a dog’s health than beneficial.

In conclusion, feeding a raw dog food diet has its pros and cons. The same concept goes for any food that you feed to your dog. So, touching base with your veterinarian is definitely the best way to find out if a raw dog food diet is right for your dog.


 

How to Choose a Veterinarian

National Pet Week: How to Choose a Veterinarian

This week, May 7 – 13, is National Pet Week. Each year, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has a theme in relation to National Pet Week. This year the theme is dedicated to pet owners practicing responsible pet ownership. One way owners can practice responsible pet ownership this National Pet Week is by finding a good veterinarian for their pets.

Depending on where you live, there may be a lot of veterinarian options near you. That can be overwhelming. But, by taking the right steps, finding the best veterinarian for your situation will be a breeze.

So, in honor of National Pet Week, take some time out and find a veterinarian you can trust for your furry (or feathered, hairless, etc.) family.

Choosing a Veterinarian This National Pet Week? Make Sure You Consider This!

When you’re choosing a veterinarian there are a few things you will want to consider before you begin your search. You want to find a veterinarian that you fits your family’s lifestyle. You’ll want to consider office hours, pets that are treated, after hour options, and services that are offered. You want to ensure that the veterinarian you choose fits your lifestyle the best.

Veterinary clinic office hours are especially important if you work. Getting a day off for an appointment for your dog can be tough. Unless your boss is an amazing person who loves pets. If it’s the latter, you’ll want to find an office that you can visit that won’t interfere with your work schedule.

With So Many Options, What’s The Best Way to Find a Veterinarian This National Pet Week?

Word of mouth is always an excellent way to find any recommendation. The same goes for when you are looking for a veterinarian for your pets. But, there are other avenues you can take.

Social media is a great tool for reviews and recommendations. You can reach out to your friends on social media. Most veterinary offices have social media accounts. You can search for them and read the comments and/or reviews. Plus, take a look at how involved they are with their clients.

In addition to word-of-mouth and social media, you can go straight to the internet. Using search engines such as Yahoo!, Bing, and Google can help you find reviews of veterinary offices near you.

Once you find an office with great reviews, you can check out their website or give them a call. Most veterinary offices have a website now. Many of the websites list important information has contact information, services offered, pets treated, office hours, etc.. This makes it convenient for you to narrow down your veterinarian choices.

However you go about choosing a veterinarian this National Pet Week, always keep your pet’s best interest in mind. Ensure that you and your pets get what is deserved.

What is National Pet Week?

What is National Pet Week?

National Pet Week is usually celebrated the first week of May. This year, National Pet Week is celebrated from May 7 – 13th, 2017. The American Veterinary Medical Association founded this week 35 years ago.

Each year, the American Veterinary Medical Association places a theme with National Pet Week. This year the theme focuses on pet owners and the lifetime commitment they make for their pets. But, the main focus isn’t just the food, water, and shelter we provide them. It’s about providing them with the necessary veterinarian visits to keep our pets happy and healthy.

National Pet Week: The AVMA’s Challenge to Pet Owners and Veterinarians This Week

This National Pet Week, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) wants to help pet owners nationwide provide the best possible care for their pets. As a result, they’ve set up 7 tips for pet owners. There’s a tip for each day on the AVMA National Pet Week website.

The tips range from choosing the right pet for your family to taking a visit to your veterinarian. Other tips include getting out and exercising and understanding the value you bring when you spay or neuter your pets. As well as preparing for emergencies and socialization.

Pretty much, the challenge is set up to promote responsible pet ownership. The main goal of the 7 day challenge during National Pet Week is for pet owners to promote a happier, healthier pet in 7 days.

But, of course, pet owner’s commitment doesn’t stop here. The AVMA also wants to promote pet owners providing their pets with a “lifetime of love” this National Pet Week. As always, the AVMA wants YOU to remember what it takes to be a responsible pet owner. So, this National Pet Week, and beyond, always remember the key phrases when it comes to responsible pet ownership: commit, invest, obey, identify, limit, and prepare.

For more information on the AVMA’s 7 day challenge during National Pet Week, you can visit their website here

Adopt a Shelter Pet Day!

Leading 10 Reasons to Adopt out of a Pet Shelter

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Adopt a Shelter Dog and Make a Friend for Life!

1. You spare a life.

Most pets at our sanctuary require a second opportunity. They have been truly lost, surrendered or deserted. They are all unwanted and defenseless. You are providing a new future in a caring home.

2. You help shatter the pattern of dog overpopulation.

Currently there are not nearly enough homes for all of the pets that are born each year. Adopting from a shelter assists weaken the pet overpopulation pattern. Yearly 8 to 12 million dogs, felines, pups and kittens are euthanized due to the fact that there are just simply inadequate homes for all of them.

3. You help prevent cruelty in mass reproducing centers.

All throughout the nation, countless industrial pet-breeding centers and back garden dog breeders generate countless animals up for sale in family pet shops and via newspaper advertisements. Typically referred to as puppy and kitten mills, these establishments continuously fertilize female dogs which spend their whole lives in crates without having human friendship. These unlucky creatures are typically in unbearable settings, forced to create litter upon litter, and are destroyed right after they end up being unprofitable possessions. Adopting a shelter pet shows you do not promote this kind of heartless methods.

4. You make the most of adopting an adult animal.

Adult animals are great! Often they are readily housetrained and some can even “sit” or “stay.” You won’t need to take care of the “puppy faze” or the “kitten faze” which means less of that youthful energy such as biting, chewing, clawing, etc. You will have the chance to see the character of the adult animal and won’t have to wait to see what you get.

5. You get a life long useful resource with shelter workers and volunteers.

People who work at the shelter will be a great resource to help you find information or learning resources for your pet. Our staff members deal with animals every day and have a wealth of information on various issues.

6. You select from a great variety of animals.

Our shelter offers a variety that you won’t find anyplace else. We have specific breeds as well as the greatest mutts you’ll ever find. We have greater than 9,000 animals come through our doors each year!

7. You adopt a pet who has received good care.

All animals that come to the shelter are admitted by experienced staff. They are given shots upon arrival and go through a behavior screening process. (Please ask your Adoption Counselor for details). We have several vet associates that come to our shelter weekly and are there to assist us with medical care issues and concerns.

8. You promote a valuable charitable organization and community institution.

Unfortunately, every town in America needs an animal shelter. When you adopt a pet from our shelter, you help a not-for-profit organization, but also send a message to others who will be asking you for years to come where you acquired your adorable pet. Shelters improve the neighborhood by mandating that adopted animals be spayed or neutered. This condition diminishes possibilities that more undesirable animals will enter the world.

9. You pay a lot less.

Low adoption fees (which cover a portion of the shelter’s costs) are much less than the cost of purebred puppies or kittens sold for profit.

10. You advocate others to adopt animals from shelters.

When your close friends ask where you got your amazing pet, you can tell them “at the shelter.” Your adoption may motivate others to do the same.


 

Everything You Ought to Learn about Pet ID Tags as well as Microchips

Everything You Ought to Learn about Pet ID Tags as well as Microchips

It’s National Pet ID Week, so we wanted to give you some reasons why you should use a dog tag and microchip your dog.

Coping with a lost dog is each and every pet owner’s most awful nightmare. In the unlikely event it does happen, you’ll be grateful you took a few precautionary actions to guarantee your dog or cat winds up safely back in your home, snuggled up with you once more. Pet ID tags and microchips can help.

ID Tag Basics

It is essential to your pet’s safety and security that he wears an ID tag at all times. Your pet’s tag must include his name, city, and your telephone number. A cell phone is typically the most ideal phone number to include on the tag in the event someone calls while you’re not in your home or the workplace. If your family pet has a large tag, you can also put your full address. Be sure to keep your info updated.

With a selection of pet ID tags readily available, getting the right one is very easy. From all-weather tags for energetic animals– to lighter weight ones that don’t rattle so loudly– there is something for every single pet.

Microchips Work Wonders

Even though pet ID tags are a very easy way to identify your pet dog or cat, sadly they are not permanent. Tags and dog collars are able to come off, and your contact info together with them. Microchips, on the contrary, give immediate accessibility to your pet’s details.

Even if your animal is lost over a thousand miles away, possessing a chip can deliver her home once more. NBC reported that a lost Pomeranian called Koda managed to get all the way from Arkansas to San Diego, California, before being turned in to a refuge and checked for a microchip. After many months of hunting, her owners were thrilled to get a telephone call that she was found. A miracle, all because of a very small chip smaller than a grain of rice.

Here’s how microchips operate:

Much like a vaccination, inserting a microchip is really an easy treatment that takes just a few seconds. The chip is going to be inserted with an applicator underneath the skin layer between the shoulder blades.

Microchips are actually highly affordable. They usually cost about fifty dollars and never will need to be switched out.

As soon as your pet is microchipped, you must sign up your pet’s contact details. If your pet dog is microchipped you may wish to take into consideration including one more tag to your pet’s dog collar with the name and telephone number of the microchip business.

Travel Tags

Whenever you are taking a trip with your family pet, you ought to also add a temporary ID tag to your pet’s dog collar. The temporary tag ought to consist of your cell phone number, as well as the address where you are staying. If you are intending several stops on your get-away, have a few tags made up and change them out along your way. It is also valuable to bring along a current photo of your dog or cat. A picture makes looking for a lost pet a lot easier.

Pet ID tags and microchips can make a very large difference in reuniting you with your lost dog or cat. Take a very little time to become proactive regarding your pet’s safety and security and it will definitely bring home a more than happy ending for everybody.


 

Stop Your Dog From Jumping Up

Stop Your Dog From Jumping Up

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Probably common question I get coming from new dog owners is “just how do I get him to quit jumping up?” Puppies and dogs normally jump up on people whenever they say hello. Why? Because we’re taller than them! Dogs greet each other by going nose-to-nose and they like to do the exact same with us so it’s completely natural for them to jump up on us to make an effort to reach our faces. Our response must be very confusing to them. Suppose you see an old buddy at the grocery store and you run up to offer the individual a hug. Just imagine just how you would feel if the person yelled at you, snatched you by your coat collar, held you at arm’s distance, and after that said, “how wonderful it is to see you once again”!!! You would find this experience most disturbing.

The bright side is the fact that most dogs can learn how to inhibit jumping up during hellos; the problem is that it commonly takes significant energy on the owner’s part. There is not one right technique that works with all dogs either.

What not to do

The more excited you act when you greet your dog, the more excited the dog will act. Excited dogs are most likely to jump up. Stay calm whenever you get home. Speak calmly and pat your dog with long, relaxing strokes along the body.

Even though you may reprimand the dog with your speech, if you push the dog off or attempt to grab the dog with your hands to manage his behavior, the physical contact may really be reinforcing the jumping up. Dogs love touch and may see your attempts to control him as just part of the game. It’s a lot more effective to stand up tall, tuck your hands up to your chest, and avoid looking at the dog until he calms.

Understand that shouting “off” or “down” at your dog won’t do a lot unless you’ve made the effort to educate the dog exactly what these words mean. The goal is to train the dog to back off away from you instead of coming forward and making contact with you. This is the reason for teaching the dog “off”. But it’s not enough to just teach the dog what you don’t want him to do. You also need to teach him what you do want him to do, which for most people, is “sit”. So before you do anything else, teach “off” and “sit”.

The “Off” Exercise

Teaching “off” is pretty easy for most dogs. Sit down with your dog and show him that you have a treat tucked in your hand. Hold your hand out as though you plan to give him the treat but keep your hand closed around the treat so he can’t get it (or even taste it). When he reaches with his mouth to nibble at your hand, say “off” in a clear voice (shouting is unnecessary). If the dog pulls back away from your hand, immediately say “yes”, open your hand, and reach out to let him take the treat. If he doesn’t pull back when you say “off”, move your hand toward his nose and give him a gentle “bop”. He should retract his nose from your hand then, at which point, you say “yes” and feed him the treat. The goal is to entice him to pull away from your hand, so you can then reinforce the pulling away behavior. The bop needs to be firm enough to cause the dog to pull away but not so firm that the dog becomes frightened or hurt by your movement.

A common mistake that people make is to pull their hand away from the dog instead of waiting for the dog to pull away from your hand. That won’t teach him the behavior. Once you get it right, your dog should only need a few repetitions before he instantly pulls back when he hears the word “off”. If you are too rough with your bop or your dog is especially sensitive, your dog may become hesitant to take the treat from your hand. Be sure to occasionally offer the dog a treat from your hand and refrain from saying “off”. Simply say “yes” and reach toward the dog. That will help the dog learn that he needs to listen for the word “off”.

As soon as your dog is regularly pulling away from your hand when you say “off”, require that he wait a second or two before you give him the treat. When you first do this, the dog will likely pull away, then jump back up to mouth or paw at your hand. Say “off” and bop again. Repeat until the dog has the ability to wait the 1-2 seconds before receiving the treat. This teaches the dog to control himself. Eventually work up to 30-60 seconds of the dog getting ready for permission to take the treat.

The next step is to teach “off” while you are standing. Stand up, show the dog the treat in your hand, and wait for him to jump up on you. If he isn’t inclined to do this, just step outside your front door for a few minutes. Come back in, holding your hand, with the treat, in front of your body. When the dog runs to jump up on you, say “off” and deliver the bop to his nose. He will recognize that this is still the same game, and pull away from you. He will more than likely sit. The instant he pulls away, say “yes” and reward him with the treat. Repeat this training with you coming in the front door, the back door, the yard, and anywhere else the dog is likely to jump on you. See to it that all member of the family and regular visitors get involved in the training too. Now your dog actually knows what you mean when you say “off”.


 

Your Dog Is Listening – You’re Just Not Speaking The Right Language

Your Dog Is Listening – You’re Just Not Speaking The Right Language

 

You love your pet and you also care for your possessions.Dogs will not value your things and they will chew toy. The article below has tips and tips that follows includes time-tested tactics for preventing your dog’s behavior.

This creates a positive association between good food and the crate.

Timing is essential when you are training your dog, and yBest Dog Fence Hudson Valley ou need to make sure you don’t overdo it. Start out with a short session and up the time every day. Pay attention to the session when your dog loses interest.

Try to think about what it would be like a dog. Frustration may come quickly if the dog does not pick up your training of basic things in a rapid manner. Don’t give up- think instead.Imagining the world as they see things may give you a different perspective on training them.

Make sure the diet you feed your dog is healthy and nutritious. A poor diet can cause your dog many problems. It can negatively impact a dog’s health and affect their behavior. Something as easy as proper nutrition can make a huge impact on how receptive they are to training.

A lot of times owners will train their dogs once and not conduct any refreshers.

When you approach a strange dog, you should go up to him slowly and allow him to sniff your hand. This gives the dog a chance to become familiar with your scent and engenders trust.

Limit the duration of your training sessions. Spending too long on one aspect of training will start to bore the dog. Try to limit initial sessions limited to about 10 minutes.

If your dog jumps when you don’t want him to, squeeze his paws when he jumps on you to let him know he cannot do this any longer. This won’t hurt your dog, but it will impart the information that jumping up is not appropriate. They should learn to avoid doing it in order to avoid the sensation.

Make training with your dog enjoy the daily training. Taking time to play creates a strong bond between the two of you, which means fewer problems when training him.While you can have fun during training sessions, be prepared to spend some time just playing as well.

It is important for you to teach your dog proper behaviors from day one. It is much easier to get a dog to learn the right way than to break bad habits.

Accidents will sometimes happen when a puppy is being potty trained. Clean accidents right away to speed up immediately to assist in your training efforts. If you don’t clean accidents up quickly, your god will be attracted to this same spot.

Anxiety is frequently the cause of destructive behavior like chewing behavior. If you give the dog a chew toy and put him in the safety of a dog crate, your dog and your house will stay safe.

In conclusion, it is important to have a well-behaved dog. That prevents the dog from becoming ill, and you save frustration and money. The tips provided here should aid you in developing a successful training program that yields the results you are seeking.

The Proper Way to Pick up and Hold a Lap Dog

The proper way to Pick up and Hold a Lap Dog

Believe it or not, there certainly is a safer method to pick up and hold a little dog. Understanding the best way to correctly lift and hold your pooch is not only harmless for her, but also for you as well. The secret is supporting a dog’s Hudson Valley Dog Fence - Wrong Way to Hold A Small Dogupper body and backside at all times, which disperses body weight uniformly and keeps a dog and your back pain free.

Please take a moment and teach your children ways to safely lift and hold a small dog. This prevents lap dogs from being dropped on the ground and getting injured.

How to Pick Up a Small Dog

Crouch down, place your dominant arm behind your dog’s back legs and place your non-dominant hand around her chest. As you’re lifting her up, her front and back legs will fold together a bit so her body is resting in your arms.

As you slowly pick her up and stand, bring her body toward your chest to provide extra support for her body while securing her with your arms and removing excessive strain from your lower back.

Never grab a dog by grasping under her front legs and lifting (like a small child). This hurts. Also, never pick up a puppy or dog by her scruff. It’s cruel and will cause irreparable damage. Even if puppies are carried around by their mothers within this manner, it does not give us a license to do the same. We’re not dogs, so we should use our human arms and hands to support dogs.

How to Properly Hold a Dog

According to your dog’s size, weight and body length, safely and securely hold your dog with one or two arms.

Handling a Dog With One Arm

After picking up your dog, stand still and move her body under your main arm (if you’re right-handed, you probably have more strength in your right arm). Now, take your dominant hand and place it under your dog’s chest (between her front legs) while securing her back side between your side and arm. Now, you can safely carry your dog anywhere.

Now, you and your dog are facing the same way, which protects against your dog from being sidetracked by things taking place behind or on the side of you. Plus, your other arm is free to grab your purse, hold treats, close doors or whatever else is needed.

Holding a Dog With Two Arms

For longer or heavier dogs, holding and supporting with two arms is advantageous. Place one arm around your dog’s chest and the other arm around her rear end. Using two arms works best for people with injured backs, especially lower back issues. Constantly keep both arms securely carrying both ends of your dog.

Do not allow a dog’s back side to hang unsecured. It’s extremely uncomfortable for your dog. She’ll most likely wiggle and scratch to get away, and fall down. Plus, securing both the front of her body and rear end keeps back and shoulder pressure to a minimum.


 

How to Avert a Dog Bite

Just how to Avert a Dog Bite

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Steps To Avoid Getting Bitten By A Strange Dog

Be polite and take note of body language

How do you prevent getting bit by a dog? Start by being polite and recognizing the dog’s personal space. Never approach a strange dog, especially one who’s tied or confined behind a fence or in a car. Don’t pet a dog– even your own– without permitting them see and sniff you first.

Don’t disturb a dog while they are resting, eating, chewing on a toy or caring for puppies. Be mindful around strange dogs. Always presume that a dog who doesn’t know you may see you as an intruder or a threat.

Pay attention to the dog’s body language.

Put a safe amount of space between yourself and a dog if you see the following signals indicating that the dog is uncomfortable and might feel the need to bite:

  • tensed body
  • stiff tail
  • pulled back head and/or ears
  • furrowed brow
  • eyes rolled so the whites are visible
  • yawning
  • flicking tongue
  • intense stare
  • backing away

When putting space between yourself and a dog who might bite, don’t ever turn your back on them and run away. A dog’s natural instinct will be to chase you.

What to do if you think a dog may attack

If you are approached by a dog who may attack you, follow these steps:

  • Resist the impulse to scream and run away.
  • Remain motionless, hands at your sides, and avoid eye contact with the dog
  • Once the dog loses interest in you, slowly back away until they are out of sight.
  • If the dog does attack, “feed” them your jacket, handbag, bike or anything that you can put between yourself and the dog.
  • If you fall or are knocked to the floor, curl into a ball with your hands over your ears and remain stationary. Try not to yell or roll around.

What to do if you’re bitten by a dog.

If you are bitten or attacked by a dog, try not to panic.

Right away wash the wound thoroughly with soap and warm water.
Contact your physician for additional care and advice.

Report the bite to your local animal care and control agency. Explain to the animal control official everything you know about the dog, including their owner’s name and the address where they live. If the dog is a stray, tell the animal control official what the dog appears like, exactly where you saw them, whether you’ve seen them before and in which direction they went.


 

4 Tips to Stop Your Pet From Digging

4 Tips to Stop Your Pet From Digging

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Does your dog appear to concern your lawn as his own individual landscaping job?

If so, it is essential to understand that digging is a really natural instinctive habit in pets. Pet dogs dig in dirt or other substrates, like mulch or sand, to bury things they wish to save for later on, like a preferred bone or toy, or to look for products that they have actually concealed in the past. They likewise dig to look for victims like rodents or other yummy deals with such as pests. Some canines might likewise dig since they are trying an escape or due to the fact that they are anxious. Some of these habits are not just appropriate however maybe even useful in the wild, a lot of owners do tend to object to their pet dogs digging up their great yards or gardens or leaving holes that individuals can step into and hurt themselves.

What Can You Do If Your Doggy Is a Digger?

Here are a few of my preferred ideas that may assist you suppress this undesirable habits:

1. Monitor. Do your finest to monitor your canine whenever he heads out in the backyard up until you get this habits under control. As quickly as you see your dog begin to dig, sidetrack him with an unique sound, such as clapping your hands or blowing a loud whistle. Some individuals want to utilize shaker cans, which are empty soda cans filled with coins or rocks. If you do utilize a shaker can, make certain the noise merely breaks your pet’s concentration however does not excessively terrify him. As soon as you have his attention, you can then reroute him to better habits. The objective here is to interrupt your pet’s digging, disrupt his train of thought, and after that reroute him to something entirely various and enjoyable, like going after a ball or getting participated in a video game of go-find-it. Something I discover extremely efficient is to toss a handful of little treats with onto the ground. Your pet will need to utilize his eyes and nose to locate those delicious treats with. As he improves at the game, you can toss treats with into a larger location, and, for that reason, he needs to browse longer for those goodies and, ideally, he will ignore whatever it was he was attempting to collect! Be cautious that your pet dog isn’t really eating a lot of lawn while browsing for those deals with, as it can in some cases include parasites, pesticides or other nasty things.

2. Contain.  Often it is really tough to reduce exactly what is actually an extremely natural habits for your canine buddy.  In the long run, it might be much easier to attempt and manage where he is enabled to dig.  You can do this by supplying a particular location of the lawn that is plainly marked for digging.  Mark the location using low plant borders or fences from your regional house enhancement shop, or set out little flags that are utilized by yard upkeep business.  You can likewise develop an unique digging location where you offer him with specific substrates that he prefers to dig in, such as play sand. You can plainly mark the suitable digging location and after that conceal enjoyable products, like unique toys, partly buried in the substrate.  Head out in the backyard with your canine and call him over and motivate him to collect those products.  Whenever he attempts to dig in the other area of the lawn, interrupt him and bring him over to the suitable location.  When he begins to remove the goodies you have actually partly buried for him, give him lots of appreciation!  Make it extremely clear to him of the benefits and applauds are showered on him when he digs in the significant location of the lawn.

3. Leave it. Teaching your dog to leave something alone with a “leave it” command can likewise be helpful. When the “leave it” command is provided, your dog needs to stop approaching the item or place and turn away. You slowly teach your dog to do this by rewarding him for very first overlooking, then turning away and after that ultimately leaving a product or area you desire him to prevent.

4. Distract. Serving your pet’s meals or some unique deals with within 2 to 3 food puzzle toys might assist keep his paws hectic in other places. Food puzzle toys will motivate him to utilize his paws to knock the toys around to acquire his food. Your dog might not utilize his paws in a digging movement, however working for his food will supply an excellent psychological and physical outlet for him if his digging is because of dullness or excess energy. If the puzzle toys are to change your dog’s routine dinnertime, simply make sure to slowly alleviate into the activity so that you can ensure your canine determines ways to get his meals from the puzzle. If you are utilizing unique deals with in your puzzle, make certain they are healthy treats with and do not exaggerate them. We do not desire a digging issue to become a weight issue!

Will It Work?

No matter which approach you pick, you will still have to monitor your dog for a specific period up until he has actually regularly stopped digging or frequently enters into the designated location. Once it looks like he has actually mastered the brand-new regimen, you can slowly increase the range in between you and your pet. Remember, some dogs might constantly require guidance in the lawn in order to avoid undesirable digging.  When left alone, these dirt-crazy canines might continue to dig in any location that attract them.  It can be discouraging, however when this occurs, you do not wish to scream or utilize a sound that terrifies your pet dog.  This might prevent your canine from digging in front of you and trigger him to rely on slipping around and digging behind your back or when you are not in the backyard to monitor. If digging is still an issue after attempting these ideas, then give us a call. We’d be happy to help.


Electric Dog Fences to Keep Your Pet Safe

Use An Electric Dog Fence to Keep Your Pet Safe

Why even consider an electric dog fence? Dogs are known to be fast learner animals. They have the energy, curiosity, and instinct to roam and wander around, run and play, hunt and chase. Some dogs want to stay at home even though they have this full freedom but most dogs have natural curiosity that leads them to stray when opportunity arises. Because of this, a lot of pet owners (especially those new pet owners) were having difficulty keeping their pets safe. For this reason, it is very important to find reliable solution to keep your pets away from danger.

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An electric dog fence allows your dog to play freely in the yard.

There are ways of training and devices you can use to keep your pets within the vicinity and away from whatever peril he may cause. One of the popular yet safe and very effective devices is the electric dog fence. This is an economical substitute for putting up wood or possibly chain link fencing. This kind of dog fence is a method tested to be secure to keep your pet safe. With electric dog fence, your pet can easily wander and play openly and freely. Aside from this, you can still protect your garden, pool areas etch without having undesirable fences.

What does a Hudson Valley Electric Dog Fence Consist of?

Electric dog fence system consists of underground wiring, which carries current to a compatible dog collar. When the dog starts to draw near its perimeter, the collar will give your dog a mild shock. It is meant to act as a warning. This will make an indication that your dog has to avoid crossing the restricted areas. You don’t have to worry about the installation; you just need to find a proper perimeter where your dog can stay in.  Some professional companies take care of the installation. Hudson Valley Dog Fence is one of those companies! Sensors are placed around the fenced area that interacts with the specialized dog collar used for the fence. The collar will then beep to warn your dog whenever it gets too close to these sensors. Dogs will receive a slight shock in response which they don’t want this kind of feeling.

But don’t worry; dogs are known to be the fast learner animals, after two or three shocks they will learn to get off from the sensors whenever they hear the warning beep. Some people seem to think that this kind of Dog Fence will harm you and your dog. This is not true! It will only provide a shock to the dog that is wearing the specific collar.

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Is a Dog Fence Humane?

The shock will not leave any permanent damage and is completely humane. Electric Dog Fences will give the dog a warning (either a beep, slight shock or a vibration) as they approach the boundary line.  If they still continue to get closer to its perimeter, then a correctional shock is released. The shock will discourage the dog to go any further.

Dog fence devices never harm your pet. Using a state-of-the-art technology, an electric dog fence lets your dog recognize it’s not proper to go over an specific area.  It is important to respond in a positive way to what the collar/transmitter informs it to do. But above all this system and technique, full knowledge and better ways of training is really the most critical component to the effectiveness of these fences.

Benefits of a Hudson Valley Electric Dog Fence

Besides protecting your own and your neighbor’s property from damage, an electric dog fence has other advantages as well. Since this fence has wires buried underground, you won’t need to put up any traditional fences, around your home and garden. No more spoiling the beautiful landscape. Moreover, the trees and bushes in your garden will have a natural growth, and this, itself, will act as a fence around your property.

Another benefit of the electric dog fence is that your dog will not be able to run out of your property.   It will not  chase after something that excites it, like a person with another dog or a running car. And of course, your dog will be able to run around the area you design for it.  Your dog will no longer be locked up or tied to a tree.

In addition, the view from the house will not be altered, nor will the view of your house from the outside which is a problem with traditional fences.
If you decide to install an electric dog fence around your home, you can avail of various offers on some online pet stores. Some of these electric dog fence systems are reasonably priced. So, if you want to keep your dog safe and secure, try an electric dog fence. You won’t be sorry.

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Are all Dog Fence Companies the Same?

Now days, there are a wide range of electric dog Fencing companies . However, when you go for selecting a particular fence company, you should essentially perform some research work, so that you can find out appropriate company. This is because all of the fencing companies are not perfectly suitable for the job. What to consider when selecting the best dog fencing company

Product Quality

Currently, there are several types of dog fencing products in the market. Unfortunately, the truth behind all such products is that most of them are of poor quality. This implies that such products do not last for long time and create several problems or complications in the future. Therefore, experts related with this sector have suggested that dog owners should compulsorily have a look on online reviews to have a good knowledge about the quality of products, which they go to purchase from market. Furthermore, you may found several companies, which facilitate you in handling the products offered by them and give appropriate demonstration of the products, before you go buying them.

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Knowledge of Staff

Majority of owners of electric dog fencing companies have their involvement in this business because they perceive that fencing companies is one of the good businesses. In fact, technical knowledge of majority of companies is confined to fencing of dogs and electrical fences. In other words, such companies possess limited knowledge regarding the training of dogs.

However, experts have suggested that you should seek for best dog fencing companies. They not only incorporate knowledge regarding electrical fences, but also have vast knowledge associated with training of dogs, psychology of dogs and certain principles responsible for governing teaching of dogs behavior. We know that behavior of each of the dogs are different and each of the dogs should incorporate proper training on a dog fence.

Underground Dog Fencing – The Benefits

Benefits of Hudson Valley Underground Dog Fencing

Underground Dog Fencing

Most pet owners, if not all, have had times where they find themselves calling their dog and not finding them easily.  It’s not a fun thing and that’s why one should think about how to contain their pet. There are a lot of reasons why you might want to contain them such as leash laws, neighborly courtesy, health issues and much more. One of the new ways to do such work is with underground dog fencing.

This procedure is made to correct and also help them but not to punish them. They are actually endorsed by animal organizations such as the vet publications, many veterinary schools etc. Some of the benefits why underground fencing is perfect for you include:

1. It protects all the expensive equipment in your house – it can also be used to protect your landscaping, pool and also the air conditioning unit.

2. Some people ask for “underground dog fencing cost in the Hudson Valley”. Well., good news. They are “pocketbook friendly” – not only is it cheaper to install, it does not need to be re-stained or even replaced which saves you money and also time.  Those people who buy wooden fencing to keep their dog safe have to worry about constant maintenance issues. The only thing that can cost you might be the battery replacement which can also be cheap if the company has a mailing program which can send the batteries every time you want to replace.

3. They are flexible – they don’t interfere with your surrounding or even damage the green spaces which have been created by any open property lines. It can also be installed very easily compared to many fencing options.

4. Your dog has the freedom to roam – an underground dog fence covers to about 25 acres. They are also very easy to install in terrain which might be challenging.

It is also wise to note that when you have dogs that are aggressive, you might not want to use an electronic dog fence only since when your visitors enter the property, they might be bitten. To avoid this, get an electronic fence plus a physical fence; this will definitely contain your pet.


 

What is an Electric Dog Fence?

An Electric Dog Fence? What’s that?

An Electric Dog Fence are all the rage now (especially in the Hudson Valley), and everyone wants to get them for their pet. There are so many different benefits to getting an electric dog fence that it almost seems obvious. If you have a home that does not have a fence around it or you do not want to block your beautiful view, or maybe your home is situated on a great expanse of land, then you might desire a way to keep your dog more secure. Electric Dog Fence can protect your pet from oncoming traffic and any danger that is associated with that, as well as protect other individuals outside your fence boundaries from being injured by your sometimes overzealous pet.  Hudson Valley Dog Fences can help – just give us a call today.

What is an electric dog fence?

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Are Electric Dog Fences Harmful?

Having an Electric Dog Fence is not harmful to your pet. It is an easy way to keep your dog safe, even when you are not watching. It requires that your dog wears a special collar which transmits a radio signal when it nears the boundary or pre-set perimeter that you have placed around your yard. Your dog gets a warning message as he gets closer to the periphery. It then sends a trigger that gently stimulates your pet to encourage him to stay within the boundaries. This stimulation is adjustable, and you have full control of that. The Electric Dog Fence is also expandable for more than one dog. What you will need is to get an additional collar for each dog and link them to your system. At Hudson Valley Dog Fences, we can assist you with your electronic dog collar.

How does an Electric Dog Fence Work?

The Electric Dog Fence is a straightforward system. You can get it as either a wired or wireless structure. Should you choose the wired system, it would require that you dig a hole around the perimeter of your property and install the cables underground. If you desire to have a wireless system, then you would not have to worry about underground cables. You would just center the transmitter in your desired area and allow it to reach the preset radius. You can get  from a half acre to many, many, acres, depending on what method you select. Another benefit of the Wireless Electric Dog Fence is that it is portable. You can take the system with you to any location, and it will set up quick and easy. Hudson Valley Dog Fence can help you choose the right one.

Electric Dog Fence systems come with information on how to use it effectively so that you and your pet receive the maximum benefits of having the structure. The Electric Dog Fence sometimes comes with rechargeable batteries that are long-lasting and a receiver unit which is waterproof. The Electric Fence is available in many different price ranges, but, we are sure that we will locate one that suits all your requirements and fits well within your budget.

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To Summarize about Electric Dog Fences

How do you show your Hudson Valley pets how much you love them? Not only by providing provisions and sanctuary,  whether they are inside the house or outside in the yard, the way they keep you safe. For many years to come you will feel good knowing that you did you best for your pet with the added security of an Electric Dog Fence system.

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